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India – One Country, Many worlds. An abode of contrasts, conundrums, mystery and wonder. In ideas and stature. Intourism appeal and pure beauty. In historical and cultural resonance. And, certainly, in the scope of its attractions. Vast dimensions, geographic and cultural diversity defines this sprawling country - India as a veritable United Nations unto itself. It is arguably one of the world's emerging "next places to go."
In this country's puzzle board of 26 states, one state that has emerged as a compelling destination for travelers all over the globe is, Uttarakhand.
Arrival 10th November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand
Flag Off 11th November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand
Closing Ceremony 12th November 2016, Almora, Uttarakhand
Race Type Cross Country MTB
Terrain Type Off-Road, Broken Tarmac, Rocks, Sands, Mud, Tarmac, Single-track
Race Distance 82 km
Day 0: 10th November 2016:- Arrive at Kathgodam station, followed by a road trip to Kosi Valley Retreat. Get freshen up followed by an interaction with other riders. This is the Registration day By early evening leave for a small ride. Evening a brief induction about the ride and then have your dinner. Retire for the day.
Day 1: 11th November 2016:- Early morning have your breakfast. Followed by an induction for the day.
Ride to Gananath (11 km + 11 Km)
Elevation of 1400 – 2000m. Grab your packed lunch before leaving from the hotel. An off road ride with an uphill of 9 km and 2 km flat terrain. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas while riding. Pass through the rhododendron forest and enter the village Bajal and Darmia.
While returning the ride becomes a downhill ride of 11 km. At night have your dinner and relax for the day at Kosi Valley Retreat.
Day 2 12th November 2016:-
Post breakfast. Ride to Aera dev (30 Km + 30 Km) Elevation of 2000m. Grab your packed lunch before leaving from the hotel. A blend of different elevation from 7 km flat road to 28 km uphill to 14 km tarmac road followed by 28 km downhill. The 1st 7 Km is along the kosi river followed by an uphill to Hiranacheena village. The off road train passes through the forest, one can spot Deers, guinea pig and to add on more trill it’s also a part of leopard zone.
Enjoy the scenic views of the Himalayas while riding. An old Shiva temple on a ridge top commanding surreal views of the entire Himalayan range in Kumaon and all popular hill stations around.
At night have your dinner and relax for the day at Kosi Valley Retreat. Day 3 13th November 2016:- Post breakfast, check out from Kosi valley Retreat.
There are following participating categories in WTH Biking Challenge edition 3 2016 –
— Men Solo
— Women Solo
— Student Solo (14-18 years)
The Terms and Conditions detailed below apply to all entrants participating in the Walk to
Himalayas Biking Challenge. On registering, YOU AGREE to the Terms and Conditions of Entry
and Rules of the Event below.
1. The participant does not have priority over either road or off road users and will ride sensibly
and legally at all times with consideration to other riders and all other users of the route. The
participant acknowledges that the route(s) are widely used by walkers, horse riders and families
with small children and dogs.
2. The participant is fully responsible for their actions whilst attending the event. This includes the
event premise and during the ride itself. Walk to Himalayas does not accept responsibility for
the actions of the participant nor the consequences of such actions.
3. Each participant, upon signing on, agrees that they are physically and mentally capable of riding
the distance they have chosen. If, during the event, they decide to change their route and
distance, then all consequences of this action are theirs.
4. All participants under the age of 18 shall have had a consent form (during signing on) completed
by their parent/guardian and riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or
guardian during the entire ride.
5. The participant agrees to receive Pre Event and promotional communications from Walk to
All riders MUST sign-on at the event HQ at least 30 minutes before the event start time and the
number board allocated should be fixed to the bike and visible at all times.
6. Each participant accepts full responsibility for any fees or costs incurred or arising from the need
7. It is mandatory that all riders wear a safety approved cycling helmet. Any rider not wearing a
helmet will be disqualified from the event and could be liable for damages if involved in an
accident on that basis. The rider must accept this as a condition of entry. WTH reserves the right
to refuse entry to the event to anyone with inappropriate equipment or clothing.
8. The Participant confirms that they understand and accept that they are responsible for the
roadworthiness and safe working order of their own cycle, that the use of triathlon handlebars
or similar is prohibited, that lights (front & rear with adequate battery life) must be used during
hours of dusk/darkness and that no accompanying vehicles are allowed to follow riders.
9. During the event there will be warning signs at appropriate points on the trails or roads. Absence
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of these signs does not signal that there are no dangers approaching and it is the individual
rider’s responsibility to make a decision regarding whether to ride a section or not. The marking
of the route does not necessarily indicate that the trail or road is rideable and the participant is
deemed to make their own decision about whether to proceed on bike, foot or not at all.
10. WTH reserves the right to shorten or alter the published route at any time. Participants do not
have the right to claim a refund if the route is shortened.
11. Participants understand and accept that whilst all reasonable effort has been made by WTH to
make the events safe and enjoyable, WTH does NOT accept liability for any accident, damage,
theft, injury or illness to entrants, spectators, or any other person, vehicle or property
whatsoever. Participants agree that NO liability whatsoever shall attach to WTH, promoting
organisations, members of the promoting organisations, landowners, event officials, volunteers,
or event sponsors in respect of any injury, loss or damage suffered by the participant in or by
reason of the event HOWEVER CAUSED.
12. By entering the event location you agree to be filmed / photographed and to the use of your
image in any footage used by WTH or any official sponsors for their own publicity in any media
13. All riders must report to the finish, even if they retire. Not doing so will mean that a search may
be organised and the subsequent cost will be billed to the rider.
14. Event entry fees cannot be refunded or transferred under any circumstances.
15. WTH reserves the right to cancel any event, due to extreme weather conditions, strikes, trade
disputes, breakdowns, government or political action, interruption of transport, acts of war or
terrorism, acts of omissions by a third party for any other reasons whatsoever outside of WTH
control. In such an event, each participant’s entry with be automatically moved to the
rescheduled event. If a Participant cannot make this event, they can carry their entry to another
event organised by WTH of an equal or lower ticket value within the following 6 month period.
No refunds will be issued.
16. Every rider affirms that he/she is in good health. He/she declares that he/she is physically fit and
capable to participate in the event. Every rider understands it can be a strenuous day out with
significant amounts of climbing and distance to be cycled in order to complete the course.
17. Every rider has to acknowledge that he/she has read and understand this entire waiver of
liability and agrees to be legally bound by it. This is done when registering on the day of the e